In WWII the phrase “Vatican Cameos” was used when a person who was not in the British army came before the general, or other high up ranks, as a signal to the other officers that the person was armed.
So when Sherlock says “Vatican Cameos” to warn John that the safe has a gun in it, it’s not something that they’ve set up as a code word- It’s a code Sherlock knew John would know- being a soldier!
sorry but I’m skeptical about this. OP did not cite his/her source and I can’t find this fact anywhere on the internet. it’s just people from the sherlock fandom making the statement without reference on every website. also, what are the odds that a phrase ACD used in the early 1900s in HOUN would be used forty-ish years later in WWII:
“I must thank you,” said Sherlock Holmes, “for calling my attention to a case which certainly presents some features of interest. I had observed some newspaper comment at the time, but I was exceedingly preoccupied by that little affair of the Vatican cameos, and in my anxiety to oblige the Pope I lost touch with several interesting English cases…”’
it’s a very specific kind of phrase. also, steven moffat says that he based the scene off the above canon quote that mentions the vatican cameo case. I think he would have mentioned it being a WWII codeword because steven moffat sure likes to look clever.
“Steven: I imagine that sometime during the Vatican Cameos case [not depicted on the show] he had to tell John, Dr. Watson, to duck. It’s a rather obscure moment that everyone’s fallen in love with.” x
once someone shows me a source, I’ll believe it! I think that’d be pretty awesome if it were true.
There’s a margin for error but I’m pretty sure there’s a 747 leaving Heathrow tomorrow at six thirty in the evening for Baltimore. Apparently it’s going to save the world. Not sure how that can be true, but give me a moment, I’ve only been on the case for eight seconds. Oh, come on. It’s not code. These are seat allocations on a passenger jet. Look - there’s no letter ‘I’ because it can be mistaken for a ‘1’; no letters past ‘K’ – the width of the plane is the limit. The numbers always appear randomly and not in sequence, but the letters have little runs of sequence all over the place: families and couples sitting together. Only a Jumbo is wide enough to need the letter ‘K’ or rows past fifty-five, which is why there’s always an upstairs. There’s a row thirteen, which eliminates the more superstitious airlines. Then there’s the style of the flight number – zero zero seven – that eliminates a few more; and assuming a British point of origin, which would be logical considering the original source of the information, and assuming from the increased pressure on you lately that the crisis is imminent, the only flight that matches all the criteria and departs within the week is the six thirty to Baltimore tomorrow evening from Heathrow Airport.
Fun trivia tidbit. The above, my favorite Sherlock deduction, consists of 225 scripted words delivered by Benedict Cumberbatch in under a minute: 48 seconds, to be precise (1:07:16 - 1:08:04). That includes, BTW, a four second pause halfway through the speech.
If my math is correct, that’s a rate of 281 words per minute. According to Wiki, auctioneers speak at about 250 words per minute. Most of us read the speech at a slower rate than he delivered it.
I was inspired and spent some time turning Roger Radcliffe from One Hundred and One Dalmatians into Sherlock :3
So I spent two minutes turning Moriarty into Cruella de Vil.
THE INTERNET IS OVER EVERYONE CAN GO OUTSIDE NOW.
One time I was on the train and remember that this picture exists and I laughed so hard that people stared. Forever reblog.
OH FUCK OH FUCK OH FUCK THAT IMAGE WILL HAUNT ME UNTIL MY DYING DAY.